I Hate the Stomach Virus + Random Thoughts

Monday, August 19, 2019

Last week (my first full week of school with my students) was a KILLER!!  Not only did I begin the week with a stomach bug, but Harrison quickly came down with it on Thursday after school.  His was so bad, though, that we ended up taking him to the pediatric ER that evening because he could not stop throwing up and was so lethargic and pale.  Long story short, we ended up taking him back to the ER Saturday evening and turns out he was dehydrated but they said not severely dehydrated.  However, he was dehydrated enough that they couldn't even start an IV for fluids because his little veins kept collapsing 😢  It was the longest day ever because we didn't get home until 3AM Sunday.  As I write this Sunday evening, I thought he was starting to get a little better until he started throwing up again.  This has been so hard to watch because I'm doing everything I can to keep him hydrated and well and it's like it's not working, and I feel helpless.  Motherhood, I guess?


Okay, so onto my random thoughts that I've had for the past week haha!

-I HATE THIS HEAT!!!  I am so ready for fall weather to get here so I can start dressing in fall clothes.  I have to admit though, I have loved summer clothing for Harrison--seeing his cute little feet in Sun Sans Sandals melts me!

-It's always a goal of mine to eat healthier; however, I've really been committed to it lately, and I'm always proud of myself when I make better choices.  For example, at the start of school for teachers, our partner in education provided a catered Olive Garden lunch for us.  I made a salad and did indulge myself in getting alfredo, but I skipped the breadsticks and dessert--I call that a win in my book!  And it's always nice when you can start seeing results from your better choices.

-I am obsessed with Gilmore Girls, so thank you to everyone who made me watch it!!!  If I had more time on my hand, I would binge it nonstop, but I'm strategic in my watching because I've really got to pay attention to the storyline.  The show is hilarious, and I know I've said it before, but it's making me crave the fall!!!

-Here's a sweet video I want to share of Harrison Wednesday night before he got sick.  His laugh is the sweetest!!

Friday Faves!

Friday, August 9, 2019


ME!!!  ME!!!!  ME!!!!

It's been a long and exhausting week so I'm thrilled I get the weekend to spend with both Harrison and Dustin since he's off work--whoop whoop!

I've got a few FAVES to share with y'all today!

 Y'all know how much I love Christmas, right?!  Well, I totally misjudged Harrison's size at Christmas plus how Beaufort Bonnet Night Nights run a few months ago when I ordered these so Harrison gets to rock Christmas pjs now!  This is probably my FAVORITE of the week because it's two of my favorite things--Harrison and Christmas!

 I love the Michael Buble station on Pandora and listen to it a ton--especially when I'm feeling nostalgic or fall-ish.  I had forgotten about Norah Jones until her song came on the station and now I'm wishing I still had her album like I did in high school.  Whatever happened to her?

 Wednesday was the first day of school for students and I went over a little powerpoint about myself each class period.  Jokingly, I told students I loved sugar free vanilla lattes and if they ever wanted to grab their FAVORITE teacher a latte, I wouldn't turn them down.  I never in a million years thought I would ever get coffee brought to me but yesterday a student did!!!  He walked in and surprised me before homeroom began yesterday--it just so happened to be a morning I was feeling exhausted!

I saw this on IGTV and LOVE it!  Reese redesigned her signature shirtdress using her signature print.  I love it and it's at such a great price point that I told Dustin we need a day trip to Nashville so I can try it on and see if I like it as much in person as I do right now.

 top | jeans | shoes (not pictured)
I shared this Wednesday and I love this outfit!!!  It's a FAVORITE and I can't wait to wear it--once it gets below 90 degrees outside haha!

We are going to the mall after school today so I can get new hairspray and the primer I love and then go out to eat!!  Y'all have a great weekend!

A Fall Look to Wear NOW!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

I know I'm not the only person who orders fall and winter clothes from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and then hates waiting months before I can wear them.  There have been items I've bought before that I've waited months to wear!!  (like these Spanx leggings)

When I bought this new top and it came in, I realized that I could probably wear it before the weather turned cool--and that made me really excited!

All I did the "summer this outfit up" was add the white jeans, push the sleeves up, and wear sandals.  This top isn't so thick that I sweated when I wore it, but it'll be a nice thickness when it cools down.

 top | jeans | shoes (not pictured)

I love my new sidekick for my pictures!

And today is my first day of school with students--and Harrison's first full day at his school!  White I won't be wearing the outfit above just yet, I am wearing this dress today!!!  Y'all have a great Wednesday, and I am going to try to see y'all back here on Friday with a FAVORITES post!

Simple Joys No. 4

Monday, August 5, 2019

I love posting Simple Joys because it always makes me sit and think about the small things that bring me joy :)

-new face serum that makes my skin feel light and clean

-having time to sit and read a magazine

-watching Gilmore Girls (YES!!! Thanks to everyone who recommended it because I am loving it!!)

-thinking about decorating my house for fall

-watching Harrison smile

In the comments below, leave something that brings you a Simple Joy!

Friday Faves!

Friday, August 2, 2019

Hey y'all! 
 Most of y'all are super happy it's Friday and I'm a little sad since it's my first day back to work.  I whined about that yesterday so I won't do it again today ha!  I got a lot of remarks about the fact that my school district starts back to school so early, but we do get out of school much earlier than those who don't start until late August or September.  It has it's trade offs!

It's Friday so it's time for a few FAVORITES!

Yesterday morning Harrison woke up about 15 minutes before his bottle, so we hung out for a bit.  I know I sound like a broken record, but I just can't get over how wonderful he is!

British Vogue goes on newsstands today and Meghan Markle acted as guest editor for the September issue!  YEAH YEAH YEAH!!!  I've read that it probably won't be on shelves in the US until next week, so next weekend I'll be headed to Barnes and Noble to find it!!!!

Want to listen to a great podcast episode?  This podcast is great in general, but I highly enjoyed this conversation with Ligon Duncan!  I felt like I was getting to sit in on an intelligent, theological conversation (with a little bit of humor added in).  It's a longer episode but so worth it!!

Lately, Harrison has fallen asleep on me a few times before his bedtime bottle.  I (not so) secretly love it!

My friend Emily and I are doing our Fall Favorites link up again this year!!!  We've been doing this since 2016 and I have enjoyed it every year.  Some of our topics are repeats from each year--like home tours--but this year we're adding in a new one and I can't wait to dream up my perfect fall day.

FAVORITE Blogger Spotlight
I can't believe this is my third blogger spotlight and I haven't mentioned Shay Shull yet.  She really is, hands down, my favorite blogger.  She's a mom of 4 kids--2 of whom they adopted--and is also a cookbook author.  She sent me a copy of her cookbook, Eats, before it was available to buy and I use this cookbook all the time!  It has really good but simple recipes.  Her life is so fascinating and that's another reason why I love reading her blog!

And if you've made it this far (yay!!), I just got in a new pair of white jeans that I LOVE!!!  I've got a fashion post coming for y'all on Wednesday featuring these pants because they are too good not to share!  See y'all Monday!

August Goals and Thoughts on Going Back to Work

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Is it just me or did July fly by?!  I feel like the 4th of July was literally just the other day!  I have learned more and more how true the phrase "The days are long but the years are short" really is.  

Because it's August 1st, today is my official last day of summer and I start back to school tomorrow.  So I've got a few goals for this month since it's the first time I'm starting a new school year as a mom!

August Goals:

1. Find a good morning routine.
I have spent the last two weeks thinking about how my routine is going to go during the school year.  I'm a very routine-based person.  I put Harrison on a nap schedule and both he and I have just thrived over the summer.  But I'm not sure how well this schedule is going to go for him during the school year.  Here's my quandrum: I normally wake him up at 8am and he eats right away.  Well, during the school year we will need to be leaving our house at 7am which means I'll have to wake him up a little before to change him and get him in the carseat.  He's so used to eating right when he gets up that I think I'm going to wake him up at 5:30 to feed him a bottle, change his clothes, and let him go back to sleep.  OR I've thought a lot about moving him up 30 minutes--waking him up at 5am to eat and then that way he can have a bottle at 7:30 once he gets situated in his class.  I DON'T KNOW 🙈  I've thought a lot about it (as evident by my rambling) and I think I'm just going to test out both ways to see how he does.

2. Pack my lunch the night before.
This is going to have to be a non-negotiable for me.  I usually start out the first week of school doing great and then I don't anymore, but now with Harrison in the morning--and the fact that he can be unpredictable some mornings and wake up early--I will have to do it the night before.  And it's going to be healthy!!

3. Figure out a way to exercise more.
I'm really going to have to take advantage of Dustin's off days when he will have Harrison and I won't have to pick him up, and go right after school to exercise.

4. Go to bed earlier.
I am NOT a night person.  Let me repeat, I am NOT a night person.  But since Harrison's bedtime bottle is at 8pm and then after we let him sit up for a while (for his reflux) and get him all ready for bed, it's usually about 9pm by the time he's down and that's when Dustin and I get to hang out or watch tv.  Back in the day, I liked going to bed between 9 and 9:30pm.....not closer to 11 like it is now!  This is why I'm thinking moving Harrison's bottles up by 30 minutes will be helpful.

I still can't believe tomorrow is my first day back to school.  Harrison starts Monday so he's got one more day at home haha!  I'm usually so ready to start school by now, but obviously, this summer has been way different.  I know I'll eventually get into a groove, but I am most likely going to cry for the first few days dropping Harrison off in the mornings.  I have SO enjoyed being a Momma.  I feel like I've transitioned well into that role.  I love spending all of my days with Harrison, so it's really going to be sad that he will be spending the majority of his days with someone else and not me.  I've cried over thinking he will forget who I am and I know that's ridiculous because he won't--but you see where I"m going here.  Just pray for me and I go back to work and love on other children 😊

Guest Post: Behind the Scenes of a Wedding Photographer with RAW Images

Monday, July 29, 2019

Happy Monday, y'all!  My sister Rachel, who owns her own photography business RAW Images, is sharing a little bit about what the behind the scenes of a wedding photographer looks like!

I wanted to share a tidbit into the life of a wedding photographer. I do every different type of photography (babies, seniors, families, events, etc), but if I had to pick a favorite, it’s definitely a wedding.

I always plan to arrive early to scope out the venue, use the bathroom, and get settled before the constant movement begins. 

Then it’s fire away!📸

I set aside as much time as I can to do details. Some days allow more time than others, but I always make a list of the essentials: 
- Dress, Shoes (his & hers), Rings (his & hers), Any additional jewelry, Veil, Garter, Invite (with envelope and RSVP is available),Flowers.

If I have a second shooter, I send them with the guys and I stay with the girls to snap some “getting ready” pictures. Most of the time everyone is already ready, so it’s a lot of reenacting. 

If the couple decides on a first look, we will do that and then couple portraits. 

After that it’s bridal party pictures..

Then family...

Then ceremony...

Then reception

And exit!

If a couple decides against a first look, I will do bridal/groom portraits separate, bridesmaids, groomsmen, bride and brides family, groom and grooms family. 

Either way every wedding day in generally the same flow but always end up different! 

I am super OCD organized, so I provide a timeline for my brides if they choose the option and let me say- it is a LIFESAVER! Having direction through a busy day is a key to making it run the most smooth. 

I absolutely love weddings! If you or someone you know is getting married, check out my website for pricing and galleries!

Non-wedding related specials coming up:
-Back to School Mini, Aug 4, 2 SPOTS LEFT
-Possible last minute sunflower pictures this week or next
-Cotton Mini
-Santa Pictures
-Christmas Mini 
Like my Facebook page to stay up to date on specials, minis, and last chance pricing!

Thank you Rachel for giving us a behind the scenes look at what it's like to be a wedding photographer!

Friday Faves!

Friday, July 26, 2019

Happy Friday, y'all.....

....well, maybe ha!  Today is my last Friday of summer vacation because next Friday I start back to school.  This is the first summer that I am dreading going back because I'm going to miss Harrison so much.  Okay, enough talking about that because every time I think about leaving him, I tear up!  It's terrible!

I've got a few FAVORITES for y'all today because it's Friday!!!

my boys :)
 Yesterday was Dustin's 34th birthday.  I made him blueberry muffins (that he requested), got my roots done, grabbed lunch from his favorite sandwich bakery, did laundry, cleaned up, and then that night we...

...celebrated his birthday at the restaurant he chose!!!  We had both of our immediate families there.  And as you can see from his cake, I'm definitely taking advantage of the fact that Dustin is now "Daddy" by writing that on everything--it's so cute!

 On Wednesday, I asked y'all for a new show to watch and basically everyone said Gilmore Girls.  I'm only on episode 2 but I'm enjoying it so far!  I feel like it's a good show I can have on while I'm feeding Harrison his bottle.

I don't know if I've talked about this on the blog or not, but I just ran out of my essie gel top coat while doing my nails so I had to use my OPI top coat.  NOT THE SAME PEOPLE!!!  My nails chipped within two or three days with the OPI top coat and when I use the essie top coat, I get seven to eight days before a little chip appears.  Plus, my nails grow so fast that after seven to eight days, it's time for me to repaint anyway.  It's well worth the cost for this top coat AND it's really not outrageously expensive!

 My goal this school year is to wear bigger earrings.  I don't know if y'all have noticed, but my large pearl studs are my go-to earrings simply because I prefer classic, dainty jewelry (other than my engagement ring haha!).  My sister's friend/also my friend, Hannah, got me these earrings and I am loving them!  I also love mixing metals so these are perfect!

 Monday night we went to Sips and Strokes to paint signs for our classroom door and my friend Hailey and I did a little pre-gaming in the backseat...except she's pregnant haha!!

I will never get over how precious Harrison is and how he smiles with his whole body!!  This was after I got him ready for his Daddy's birthday dinner.  He should know by now that we have to take a picture each time he's got something cute on!

And today is our 5 year anniversary!!!  While I wish we were somewhere tropical celebrating 5 years together, instead we adopted Harrison and he was our big vacation haha!!!  The best vacation ever, right?!  Yes!!

Here are a few pictures to reminisce back on our wedding!
 Mr. and Mrs. Shaneyfelt!  We're walking down the aisle to this song!!  (my choice ha!)

 Heading to the country club for our reception!

 Our first dance was to this song

And the dance floor stayed full all night long!

And our wedding trailer!

We are going out tonight to celebrate our anniversary!  I'll be back Monday with a special guest post!!

Coffee Talk No. 3

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Hey y'all!  I asked on IG stories yesterday evening about what blog post y'all wanted to see and a coffee talk won!!  I always enjoy my coffee talk posts because I feel like I'm just sitting down and having a genuine conversation with y'all--that's what I love about blogging--the connections I've made, so please leave a comment if you haven't before because I love talking to y'all :)

I might miss this long hair sometimes...especially when I could just wake up with it looking like I went to the beach.

-Last night we went to Harrison's preschool open house and I feel so much better and reassured that he's going to be in the best place when I go back to work in two weeks!  His teachers are the sweetest and we have so many friends in his class!

-I've thought about starting Gilmore Girls on Netflix since I've never watched it.  If you watch it, what's the appeal?  It's either going to be Gilmore Girls or Gossip Girl and I've already watched some of Gossip Girl.

-Out of everything I ordered from the Nordstrom sale, I ended up keeping this shirt (wore it last night), this pullover, these shorts, and this scarf--yes, I kept the scarf!!!  I ended up sending this dress back because after thinking about it, I'm just not trendy enough to pull off the whole leopard look.  Dustin had a bunch of stuff he kept!

-The past few days I have had an AWFUL headache hit me around lunchtime and stay all day long unless I take migraine medicine.  I hope this resolves itself before I go back to school.

-I want to redo our bedroom completely--new wall paint, new curtains, new bedding, new wall art.  We'll have to wait until my paycheck goes back to normal haha

What would you talk about during our coffee talk?!

Day in the Life: A New Mom

Monday, July 22, 2019

Happy Monday, y'all!!!

Lots of firsts in today's post and I'm so excited about it!  First, I've been wanting to document a day in the life with Harrison since we brought him home, but I always felt so scattered without a set routine that it was hard to thoroughly document.  Second, today's post might be the first one that's really picture heavy!  I usually shy away from putting a ton of pictures in my posts because I know it's overwhelming to read/sort through, but I tried to fully document this day so I could always remember what a normal day was like with my almost 5 month old.

Dustin had to work on Saturday and I knew it would be a typical day for Harrison and me, so that's the day I chose!  I did the best I could taking pictures, but you'll see that I didn't do so great after bath time ha!

**Side note: I haven't been sleeping well at night the past week, so I've been letting myself sleep in WAY TOO LATE to make up for it.  If you know me, you know that I enjoy getting up early in the morning, so this is the only non-typical thing about this post 😜

To see my other day in the life posts, click here!!!

Harrison first started stirring at this time (I could hear him and watch him on his monitor), so I took a screenshot thinking this would be the time I would be waking up.  Turns out, he put himself back to sleep--which is typical for him!!

I meant to close my eyes for just a few minutes, but I accidentally slept another hour.  This is when I woke up.

 I checked the monitor and he was sound asleep!
(Yes he sleeps on his stomach.  Yes he's breathing--trust me.  I know doctors now say "back is best" but Harrison can roll over and sleeps so much better on his stomach!)

 The first thing I do every morning if I wake up before Harrison (which is what normally happens) is I make my spark drink.  Also, our counter space has changed so much since having a baby haha!

 I go and wake Harrison up at 8am to give him his first bottle (if he hasn't woken up before that...which he normally doesn't) and check out the look he's giving me 😂😂  Don't worry, he did smile soon after he got over being mad at me lol!

 Since Harrison has reflux, we keep him upright 10-15 minutes after his bottle before we change his diaper, so we're just hanging out before diaper change.

 I was starving shortly after his bottle (usually I can wait until he goes down for a nap to eat) so I had to make my breakfast and I chose kodiak cakes.

 Harrison went down for a nap at 9:30am so I did my morning cleaning routine.  I took the clean dishes out of the dishwasher and put those away and began loading the dishwasher with the dirty dishes.  I wiped down the counter tops and lit the candle.

 I made our bed and this morning I also deep cleaned our bedroom and bathroom and dusted the living room.

Harrison woke up a few minutes before 11, so I fed him his bottle about 5 minutes early.
 Then I changed his clothes for the day.  He's wearing his 4th of July outfit as much as he can this month haha!  And he's really into sticking his tongue out all the time!

 We played during tummy time.

 And then he played in his chair about 15 minutes...which is how long he lasts before crying.   He's still too small for this chair, so I have to prop him forward with a blanket and put a book under him to get him high enough to play.  My tiny baby 😍

 Harrison went down for his next nap at 12:45pm, so I showered....yay!!!!  And wore athletic clothes because it was 95 degrees out.

 Then I took a short break and watched some of the Hallmark Christmas in July movies while eating some Brookside chocolates.

 I woke him up for his next bottle at 2pm and then we stayed upright for a little while after.  He's always such a happy baby!!

 Then we had to run to Walmart to grab a few things we were out of and Harrison usually stares at me when we're in unfamiliar places :)  Then once we got out to the car and ran into our outreach pastor, he decided to cry so we cut that visit short and put him down for a nap as soon as we got home--about 3:50/4ish.

 I woke Harrison up for his next bottle at 5pm and he was in a much better mood!

 That tongue!!

 I needed to throw together dinner, so I put Harrison on the counter next to me while I cooked.  He was happy about helping--and listening to good music!

 I got stuff ready for taco salad.

 And we decided to dance while waiting on Daddy to get home from work.  (Harrison either holds onto my shirt or my neck when I hold him.)

 I didn't want taco salad, so I grabbed a glass pie dish and used 1/3rd of it to make oven baked nachos so I could have leftovers for lunch the next day!

But before I could eat, I quickly gave Harrison a bath while Dustin ate.

 And then Dustin got Harrison's jammies on him so I could eat.  I grabbed a quick picture and said, "Harrison, smile" and he did!  Love this sweet picture!

He's also REALLY LOVING his hands in his mouth right now.

Then I didn't get anymore pictures.  😞

Dustin always gives Harrison his 8pm bedtime bottle.  I then get Harrison ready for bed and put him down before 9pm (Usually 8:45).  Dustin went to bed shortly after because he was exhausted, and I stayed up watching Jurassic Park 3 🙈

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